Saunders Move: Reflections A Day Later
Joe Saunders isn't the key to the World Series, but it's another move that the Orioles are serious about locking up a spot in the postseason.
The Orioles need a left-handed pitcher, whether it's in the rotation or in the bullpen. Saunders could be a temporary solution in the rotation -- he's getting a start Wednesday -- and a more solid answer for a long-relief arm in the bullpen.
The Orioles' bullpen has few weaknesses, but having a left-handed arm is as close to one as possible. If Saunders helps stabilize the rotation, especially with the current staff so young and inexperienced that it had no idea what is in store, then great.
Saunders isn't having a great year, giving up four-plus runs per game in the National League. But he has pitched in the American League before and does understand the playoffs.
Unless Saunders melts down, this is a real coup for the club and another smart move by Dan Duquette, executive vice president of baseball operations.
Posted Aug. 27, 2012